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Archive of the posts written by author: Ron Letnes.
Apr
3

“Things are not normal right now.” A Passion Sunday Response

Passion Sunday has a response to those who say we are in the midst of a “new normal.” NEWSWEEK of 1 April 2020 described this “new normal” in an article on the effects of COVID-19, fear and gun sales. It reported: Bullet sales…

Mar
25

COVID-19 AND YOUTH/CHILDREN GUN SAFETY

“Prayer of the Children” is a poignant and pleading song with verses beginning: “Can you hear the prayer of the children?, Can you feel the hearts of the children?, Can you hear the voice of the children?” In this COVID-19 time, with youth…

Mar
22

COVID-19 AND GUN VIOLENCE: A WAY FORWARD

In a highly partisan political climate amidst the COVID-19 and gun violence debates, how is it possible to move forward with life-creative action? Indeed, can the issues be considered in the same breath? I say “yes!”, because both are centered on the preciousness…

Mar
18

HOPE AND HEALING

“Healer of Our Every Ill” (ELW 612) has a chorus of words, “Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.” In this pandemic time, this hymn is prescient. Millions are ill…

Mar
13

BY THEIR FRUITS….

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount proclaims “You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.” (Matthew 7:15-17. I would…

Mar
7

GVP IN THE INFORMATION AGE

“Collaborators in Creation” is an article on Aeon, an online thought venue. One of the focus areas is the influence of social media in shaping our physical and social worlds. The physical world is the environment, the stuff that is not human. The…

Feb
24

IDLENESS NOT

A time to engage conversation about gun violence prevention (GVP) and what can be done to ensure gun safety through personal and public actions. We will learn the REALITY of GV through data and analytics. We will consider methods of RESISTANCE as noted…

Feb
24

Love Your Neighbor

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR was a resolution submitted to the SPAS Conference Assembly last Saturday. It was narrowly focused to encourage congregations and individuals to hold political candidates’ feet to the fire on gun violence prevention (GVP). It passed unanimously, with many questions probing…

Feb
17

A TIME TO CARE

A TIME TO CARE IS UPON US. States across our country are enacting gun violence prevention (GVP) laws and more laws are awaiting action. States are realizing that even as Federal action is slow to zero, states have the freedom to act unilaterally.…

Feb
9

GOD’S WISDOM-JESUS’ MATURITY

The Apostle Paul writes in I Corinthians 2:6, 13, “Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom….taught…

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